Cables are used to connect LED modules to controllers. Making one of these cables is fairly
easy. 18 AWG stranded wire is recommended for this purpose. Two-channel zones require four-pin
connectors and four-conductor cables while three-channel zones require six-pin connectors and
six-conductor cables. These cables have a male connector at one end and a female connector at
the other so they can be daisy-chained. The male connector is the user of power and plugs into
the controller which provides power to the chain. The female end of the cable provides power
to the next element in the chain whether it be another cable or an LED Module.
Terminating an LED Module Cable with a ♂ Connector
Cables made with the connectors shown in this tutorial are used for accessing power for either 2-channel
White or 3-channel Color LED Modules. One of these male connectors plugs into a socket which provides power
for a series of LED Modules. The other end of the cable must be terminated with a compatible female connector
(See tutorial below).
Terminating an LED Module Cable with a ♀ Connector
Cables made with connectors shown in this tutorial are used for providing power to either 2-channel
White or 3-channel Color LED Modules. The female connectors provide sockets for LED Modules to plug
into. The other end of the cable can either be connected to the screw terminals of two or three dimmers or
to one of the ports on a SkyLight Controller. In the latter case, the other end of the cable is terminated
with a compatible male connector (See tutorial above).
Architecture and Terminology
All of the work that is involved in making a movie is called a “Production” in the film-making industry.
The SkyLight Host Program can manage all of the lighting in your production. This video explains in some
detail how your production is organized by the software.
Lighting Resource Organization
Skylight lighting systems are set up in a heirarchical way. This video discusses how the host interface
software views its lighting resources. Up to 32 controllers can be mounted on one communications interface.
Controllers divide their resources into Zones. Each Zone is then divided into Channels. Zones may be
replicated in hardware in order to provide more driving power.
Designing a Studio
Skylight lighting systems are modular and can be used to create a wide variety of studio sets from flat small
portable systems to perminant or semi-permanent stages. These can be curved or flat and can be continous with
the floor and ceiling.
Mounting Green Screen Backdrop Lighting
This video explains how to mount the systems that light the chroma key backdrop in your studio.
Mounting Main Stage Lighting
The main stage area is what provides diffuse overhead or "Sky Light" to your live action. This video shows how
to mount the LED modules for the main stage area.
Mounting Direct Lighting
This video explains how to mount the lights that simulate direct light in your shots. These usually simulate the
sun for outdoor shots but they can be used to simlulate car headlights and other sources of direct light.
Skylight Host Interface
This video describes the hardware involved in hooking up a computer to a Sklight Control Chain.
Skylight Host Software
This video gives a general overview of how to operate a Skylight Studio using the Skylight Host Software.
Doing a Shoot
This video describes the process of doing a shoot using a Skylight Lighting System.